From the bloggers at Henley’s Happy Trails
A piler in all its glory–We visited our station, O’Meara Beet Piling Site located in Euclid, Minnesota, before the harvest madness.
The phrase that comes to mind when I reflect back on our work camping experience with the Sugar Beet Harvest in Minnesota is, “Uff dah!” It is a saying that Levi and I picked up from a couple of our co-workers, Upper Midwest natives.
“Uff dah” (Scandinavian origin) can be spelled a number of ways and can take on an entire gamut of expressions: surprise, amazement, irritation, exhaustion, relief, etc.
During our mere two week stent as Express employees with American Crystal Sugar Company, we felt all degrees of “Uff dah.” Days later, we are still feeling the effects of the harvest: sore joints, whiffs of dirt and beets, phantom sounds of machines whizzing and beeping, and finding the remains of hard clay (soil) in the car and RV that we failed to vacuum up.
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